By Karen MacDonald, a sixth and seventh grade language arts teacher at King Middle School in Portland and the 2014 Teacher of the Year.
It’s a word I have heard used over and over to describe an accomplished teacher.
I have listened as parents, students, colleagues and administrators share information about skilled and compassionate educators that teach in their communities, but they often end by saying, “And of course they won’t tell you any of this, because they are extremely humble.”
As a profession, I have found that teachers are humble creatures. I can’t explain it. The skill set needed to succeed as an educator these days is complex and ever-changing.